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Richard Rohr's Meditation: Simplicity

Simplicity



Summary: Sunday, October 2-Friday, October 7, 2016


I believe that a kind of second simplicity is the very goal of mature adulthood and mature religion. (Sunday)

“This amazing simplification comes when we ‘center down,’ when life is lived with singleness of eye, from a holy Center where the breath and stillness of Eternity are heavy upon us and we are wholly yielded to [God].” —Thomas Kelly (Monday)

When you live in pure consciousness, letting the naked being of all of reality touch your own naked being, then you experience foundational participation. (Tuesday)

Franciscan prophecy is at its core “soft prophecy”—which is often the hardest of all! Rather than criticize and shame the evils of his time, St. Francis simply lived differently and let his lifestyle be his sermon. (Wednesday)

Francis and Clare’s agenda for justice was the most foundational and undercutting of all others: a very simple lifestyle outside the system of production and consumption (the real meaning of the vow of poverty), plus a conscious identification with the marginalized of society (the communion of saints pushed to its outer edge). (Thursday)

When Francis said, after kissing the leper, “I left the world,” he was saying that he was giving up on the usual payoffs, constraints, and rewards of business-as-usual and was choosing to live in the largest Kingdom of all. (Friday)

Practice: Living Simply
We discover simplicity in the silence of contemplative prayer. As we let go of thought and sensation, we reconnect with our Center, our source of abundance and enoughness. I invite you to consider ways beyond your contemplative practice in which you can live more simply. Quaker teacher Richard Foster suggests ten principles for expressing simplicity outwardly. [1] Here’s his list in my words:
Buy things for their usefulness rather than their status or prestige.
Learn the difference between a real need and an addiction. Then find support and accountability to regain “sobriety,” freedom from addiction.
Develop a habit of giving things away.
Avoid unnecessary and short-lived technological gadgets that promise to “save time.”
Enjoy things without owning them. For example, take advantage of public libraries and parks.
Nurture awe and appreciation for nature. Spend more time outdoors!
Get out—and stay out—of debt.
Use plain, honest speech. Say what you mean and keep your commitments.
Reject anything that oppresses others. For example, buy Fair Trade products.
Seek God’s kingdom of love and justice foremost. If anything distracts you from that purpose, let it go.
Gateway to Silence:
Live simply so that others may simply live.

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everville340
Oct. 9th, 2016 05:06 pm (UTC)
Live simply so that others may simply live.

Thank you for the tenet of these meaningful words this day.
bobby1933
Oct. 12th, 2016 11:00 pm (UTC)
Yeah, i saw that on a poster in a religion bookstore about 40 years ago. (I think the poster showed two mice eating on an ear of corn.) I bought a copy which hung on my office wall for many years. I still might have it some. I don't know if it influenced my behavior much, but it did remind me everyday of how i should be living.
liveonearth
Oct. 12th, 2016 03:07 pm (UTC)
I like it. This has been a process and a practice for me for a long time....since in college I read the 1970's book Voluntary Simplicity. Still the complexity threatens to swallow me on a daily basis.
bobby1933
Oct. 12th, 2016 11:14 pm (UTC)
I read that book shortly after its first splurge of popularity died down (It came out in 1981, i think.) I will have to find it among my "stuff" and read it again.
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